1928 Southern Conference football season

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1928 Southern Conference football season
League NCAA
Sport College football
Duration September 22, 1928
through January 1, 1929
Number of teams 22
Regular Season
Season champions Georgia Tech
Football seasons
← 1927
1929 →
1928 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Georgia Tech $ 7 0 0     10 0 0
Tennessee 6 0 1     9 0 1
Florida 6 1 0     8 1 0
VPI 4 1 0     7 2 0
Alabama 6 2 0     6 3 0
LSU 3 1 1     6 2 1
Clemson 4 2 0     8 3 0
Vanderbilt 4 2 0     8 2 0
Tulane 3 3 1     6 3 1
Ole Miss 3 3 0     5 4 0
North Carolina 2 2 2     5 3 2
Kentucky 2 2 1     4 3 1
South Carolina 2 2 1     6 2 2
Maryland 2 3 1     6 3 1
VMI 2 3 1     5 3 2
Georgia 2 4 0     4 5 0
NC State 1 3 1     4 5 1
Mississippi A&M 1 4 0     2 4 2
Virginia 1 6 0     2 6 1
Washington and Lee 1 6 0     2 8 0
Sewanee 0 5 0     2 7 0
Auburn 0 7 0     1 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion

The 1928 Southern Conference football season was the college football games played by the member schools of the Southern Conference as part of the 1928 college football season. The season began on September 22.

In the annual Rose Bowl game, Georgia Tech defeated the California Golden Bears by a score of 8–7. The game was notable for a play by California All-American Roy Riegels in which he scooped up a Georgia Tech fumble and ran towards his own goal line. The two-point safety on the ensuing punt proved to be the margin of victory.[1] Georgia Tech thus claims a national championship.

The Florida Gators led the nation in scoring with 336 points, but had their undefeated campaign derailed in the final game by the South's biggest upset that season,[2] a controversial loss to Tennessee.

Tulane back Bill Banker led the conference in individual scoring with 128 points, tying a school record set by Peggy Flournoy in 1925 which was unbroken until 2007 by Matt Forte.

Season overview[edit]

Results and team statistics[edit]

Conf. Rank Team Head coach Overall record Conf. record PPG PAG
1 Georgia Tech William Alexander 10–0 7–0 22.1 4.7
2 Tennessee Robert Neyland 9–0–1 6–0–1 24.9 5.1
3 Florida Charlie Bachman 8–1 6–1 37.3 4.9
4 VPI Andy Gustafson 7–2 4–1 22.0 10.2
5 (tie) Alabama Wallace Wade 6–3 6–2 20.8 8.3
5 (tie) LSU Mike Donahue 6–2–1 3–1–1 20.0 5.0
7 (tie) Clemson Josh Cody 8–3 4–2 17.5 7.0
7 (tie) Vanderbilt Dan McGugin 8–2 4–2 15.2 5.7
9 (tie) Tulane Bernie Bierman 6–3–1 3–3–1 26.4 7.6
9 (tie) Ole Miss Homer Hazel 5–4 3–3 17.3 13.4
9 (tie) North Carolina Chuck Collins 5–3–2 2–2–2 18.6 11.5
9 (tie) Kentucky Harry Gamage 4–3–1 2–2–1 12.5 5.1
9 (tie) South Carolina Billy Laval 6–2–2 2–2–1 9.6 7.0
14 (tie) Maryland Curley Byrd 6–3–1 2–3–1 13.2 7.0
14 (tie) VMI W. C. Raftery 5–3–2 2–3–1 9.5 7.5
16 Georgia Harry Mehre 4–5 2–4 13.6 12.6
17 NC State Gus Tebell 4–5–1 1–3–1 15.7 10.0
18 Mississippi A&M John W. Hancock 2–4–2 1–4 8.8 20.8
19 (tie) Virginia Greasy Neale 2–6–1 1–6 13.4 15.8
19 (tie) Washington and Lee Pat Herron 2–8 1–6 13.9 18.4
21 Sewanee M. S. Bennett 2–7 0–5 9.9 31.9
22 Auburn George Bohler 1–8 0–7 4.1 17.1

Key

PPG = Average of points scored per game[3]

PAG = Average of points allowed per game[3]

Regular season[edit]

Index to colors and formatting
Non-conference matchup; SoCon member won
Non-conference matchup; SoCon member lost
Non-conference matchup; tie
Conference matchup

SoCon teams in bold.

Week One[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
September 22 Newberry Clemson Riggs FieldCalhoun, South Carolina W 30–0
September 22 Erskine South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina W 19–0
September 22 Hampden-Sydney VMI Lexington, Virginia W 14–7

Week Two[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
September 28 Birmingham–Southern Auburn Cramton BowlMontgomery, Alabama L 6–0
September 29 Davidson Clemson Riggs FieldCalhoun, South Carolina W 6–0
September 29 Washington (MD) Maryland Byrd StadiumCollege Park, Maryland W 31–0
September 29 Arkansas Ole Miss Hemingway StadiumOxford, Mississippi W 25–0
September 29 Ouachita Mississippi A&M Davis Wade StadiumStarkville, Mississippi W 20–6
September 29 Wake Forest North Carolina Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, North Carolina W 65–0
September 29 Elon North Carolina State Riddick StadiumRaleigh, North Carolina W 57–0
September 29 Bryson Sewanee McGee FieldSewanee, Tennessee W 14–0
September 29 South Carolina Chicago Stagg FieldChicago W 6–0
September 29 Maryville Tennessee Shields–Watkins FieldKnoxville, Tennessee W 41–0
September 29 Tulane Northwestern State Baton Rouge, Louisiana W 65–0
September 29 Vanderbilt Chattanooga Chattanooga, Tennessee W 20–0
September 29 Randolph-Macon Virginia Lambeth Field • Charlottesville, Virginia W 66–0
September 29 Roanoke Virginia Tech Blacksburg, Virginia W 34–7
September 29 Lynchburg Washington & Lee Wilson Field • Lexington, Virginia W 56–0

Week Three[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 6 Ole Miss Alabama Denny FieldTuscaloosa, Alabama ALA 27–0
October 6 Clemson Auburn Drake FieldAuburn, Alabama CLEM 33–6
October 6 Florida Southern Florida Fleming Field • Gainesville, Florida W 26–0
October 6 Mercer Georgia Sanford FieldAthens, Georgia W 52–0
October 6 VMI Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta GT 13–0
October 6 Carson-Newman Kentucky Stoll FieldLexington, Kentucky W 61–0
October 6 Louisiana-Lafayette LSU Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, Louisiana W 46–0
October 6 North Carolina Maryland Byrd StadiumCollege Park, Maryland UNC 26–19
October 6 Tulane Mississippi A&M Jackson, Mississippi TUL 51–6
October 6 Sewanee Texas A&M Dallas, Texas L 69–0
October 6 Centre Tennessee Shields–Watkins FieldKnoxville, Tennessee W 41–7
October 6 Colgate Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, Tennessee W 12–7
October 6 South Carolina Virginia Lambeth Field • Charlottesville, Virginia SCAR 24–13
October 6 Hampden-Sydney Virginia Tech Blacksburg, Virginia W 32–7
October 6 North Carolina State Washington & Lee Wilson Field • Lexington, Virginia W&L 38–6

Week Four[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 12 North Carolina State Clemson Florence, South Carolina CLEM 7–0
October 13 Alabama Mississippi A&M Davis Wade StadiumStarkville, Mississippi ALA 46–0
October 13 Auburn Florida Fleming Field • Gainesville, Florida FLA 27–0
October 13 Georgia Tech Tulane Tulane StadiumNew Orleans, Louisiana GT 12–0
October 13 Georgia Yale Yale BowlNew Haven, Connecticut L 21–6
October 13 Maryland South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina SCAR 21–7
October 13 Louisiana College LSU State FieldBaton Rouge, Louisiana W 41–0
October 13 Ole Miss Tennessee Shields–Watkins FieldKnoxville, Tennessee TENN 13–12
October 13 North Carolina Harvard Harvard StadiumAllston, Massachusetts L 20–0
October 13 Transylvania Sewanee McGee FieldSewanee, Tennessee L 14–13
October 13 Vanderbilt Texas Fair Park Stadium • Dallas W 13–12
October 13 Virginia Princeton Palmer StadiumPrinceton, New Jersey T 0–0
October 13 Roanoke VMI Lexington, Virginia W 31–13
October 13 Virginia Tech Colgate Hamilton, New York L 35–14
October 13 Washington & Lee Kentucky Stoll FieldLexington, Kentucky UK 6–0

Week Five[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 18 Wake Forest North Carolina State Riddick StadiumRaleigh, North Carolina W 37–0
October 19 Erskine Clemson Riggs FieldCalhoun, South Carolina W 52–0
October 19 Presbyterian South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina W 13–0
October 20 Tennessee Alabama Denny FieldTuscaloosa, Alabama TENN 15–13
October 20 Ole Miss Auburn Legion FieldBirmingham, Alabama MISS 19–0
October 20 Mercer Florida Fleming Field • Gainesville, Florida W 73–0
October 20 Furman Georgia Sanford FieldAthens, Georgia W 7–0
October 20 Notre Dame Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta W 13–0
October 20 Kentucky Northwestern Chicago L 7–0
October 20 Mississippi A&M LSU Jackson, Mississippi LSU 31–0
October 20 McDaniel Maryland Byrd StadiumCollege Park, Maryland W 13–6
October 20 Virginia Tech North Carolina Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, North Carolina VT 16–14
October 20 Cumberland Sewanee McGee FieldSewanee, Tennessee W 38–0
October 20 Vanderbilt Tulane Tulane StadiumNew Orleans VAN 13–6
October 20 Virginia VMI Lexington, Virginia VMI 9–0
October 20 Washington & Lee West Virginia Charleston, West Virginia L 22–0

Week Six[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 25 Clemson South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina CLEM 32–0
October 27 Sewanee Alabama Legion FieldBirmingham, Alabama ALA 42–12
October 27 Howard Auburn Drake FieldAuburn, Alabama W 25–6
October 27 North Carolina State Florida Fairfield Stadium • Jacksonville, Florida FLA 14–7
October 27 Tulane Georgia Sanford FieldAthens, Georgia UGA 20–14
October 27 Georgia Tech North Carolina Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, North Carolina GT 20–7
October 27 Centre Kentucky Stoll FieldLexington, Kentucky W 8–0
October 27 Spring Hill LSU Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, Louisiana W 30–7
October 27 Maryland VMI Richmond, Virginia T 0–0
October 27 Ole Miss Loyola New Orleans L 34–14
October 27 Virginia Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, Tennessee VAN 34–0
October 27 King Virginia Tech Blacksburg, Virginia W 54–0
October 27 Washington & Lee Tennessee Shields–Watkins FieldKnoxville, Tennessee TENN 26–7

Week Seven[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 1 South Carolina The Citadel County Fairgrounds • Orangeburg, South Carolina T 0–0
November 3 Alabama Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, Wisconsin L 15–0
November 3 Auburn Georgia McClung StadiumColumbus, Georgia UGA 13–0
November 3 Clemson Ole Miss Hemingway StadiumOxford, Mississippi MISS 26–7
November 3 Sewanee Florida Fairfield Stadium • Jacksonville, Florida FLA 71–6
November 3 Oglethorpe Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta W 32–7
November 3 Arkansas LSU State Fair StadiumShreveport, Louisiana L 7–0
November 3 Maryland Virginia Tech Norfolk, Virginia VT 9–6
November 3 Mississippi A&M Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, Michigan T 6–6
November 3 North Carolina North Carolina State Riddick StadiumRaleigh, North Carolina T 6–6
November 3 Carson-Newman Tennessee Shields–Watkins FieldKnoxville, Tennessee W 57–0
November 3 Kentucky Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, Tennessee VAN 14–7
November 3 Washington & Lee Virginia Lambeth Field • Charlottesville, Virginia UVA 20–13

Week Eight[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 10 Kentucky Alabama Cramton BowlMontgomery, Alabama ALA 14–0 7,500
November 10 Auburn Tulane Tulane StadiumNew Orleans TUL 13–12
November 10 Clemson VMI Lynchburg, Virginia CLEM 12–0
November 10 Florida Georgia Savannah, Georgia FLA 26–6
November 10 Vanderbilt Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta GT 19–7
November 10 Ole Miss LSU Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, Louisiana LSU 19–6
November 10 Maryland Yale Yale BowlNew Haven, Connecticut W 6–0
November 10 Centenary Mississippi A&M Davis Wade StadiumStarkville, Mississippi T 6–6
November 10 Davidson North Carolina State Greensboro, North Carolina W 14–7
November 10 North Carolina South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina T 0–0
November 10 Sewanee Tennessee Shields–Watkins FieldKnoxville, Tennessee TENN 37–0
November 10 Virginia Virginia Tech Blacksburg, Virginia VT 20–0
November 10 Washington & Lee Princeton Palmer StadiumPrinceton, New Jersey L 25–12

Week Nine[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 17 Alabama Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta GT 33–13
November 17 Mississippi A&M Auburn Legion FieldBirmingham, Alabama MSA&M 13–0
November 17 Clemson Florida Fairfield Stadium • Jacksonville, Florida FLA 27–6
November 17 LSU Georgia Sanford FieldAthens, Georgia LSU 13–12
November 17 Virginia Maryland Byrd StadiumCollege Park, Maryland MD 18–2
November 17 Ole Miss Rhodes Memphis, Tennessee W 34–2
November 17 North Carolina Davidson Davidson, North Carolina W 30–7
November 17 Furman South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina W 6–0
November 17 Sewanee Tulane Tulane StadiumNew Orleans TUL 41–6
November 17 Tennessee Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, Tennessee TENN 6–0
November 17 VMI Kentucky Stoll FieldLexington, Kentucky UK 23–12
November 17 Virginia Tech Washington & Lee Wilson Field • Lexington, Virginia VT 13–7

Week Ten[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 24 Maryland Washington & Lee Wilson Field • Lexington, Virginia MD 6–0
November 24 North Carolina State Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, Michigan L 7–0
November 24 Louisiana College Tulane Tulane StadiumNew Orleans W 47–7
November 24 Centre Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, Tennessee W 26–0

Week Eleven[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 29 Georgia Alabama Legion FieldBirmingham, Alabama ALA 19–0
November 29 Clemson Furman Manly Field • Greenville, South Carolina W 27–12
November 29 Washington & Lee Florida Fairfield Stadium • Jacksonville, Florida FLA 60–6
November 29 Auburn Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta GT 51–0
November 29 Kentucky Tennessee Shields–Watkins FieldKnoxville, Tennessee T 0–0
November 29 LSU Tulane Tulane StadiumNew Orleans T 0–0
November 29 Maryland Johns Hopkins Baltimore W 26–6
November 29 Ole Miss Mississippi A&M Davis Wade StadiumStarkville, Mississippi MISS 20–19
November 29 North Carolina Virginia Lambeth Field • Charlottesville, Virginia UNC 24–20
November 29 South Carolina North Carolina State Riddick StadiumRaleigh, North Carolina NCST 18–7
November 29 VMI Virginia Tech Roanoke, Virginia VMI 16–6
December 1 Sewanee Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, Tennessee VAN 13–0

Week Twelve[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
December 8 LSU Alabama Legion FieldBirmingham, Alabama ALA 13–0
December 8 Clemson The Citadel Johnson Hagood StadiumCharleston, South Carolina L 12–7
December 8 Georgia Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta GT 20–6
December 8 Duke North Carolina Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, North Carolina W 14–7
December 8 Florida Tennessee Shields–Watkins FieldKnoxville, Tennessee TENN 13–12

Bowl games[edit]

Date Bowl Game Site SIAA Team Opponent Score
January 1, 1929 Rose Bowl Rose BowlPasadena, California Georgia Tech California GT 8–7

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Americans[edit]

All-Southern team[edit]

The followers players were picked for the composite first All-Southern team of more than one hundred sports writers and coaches compiled by the Associated Press (AP).[4] The United Press (UP) also selected a team:

Position Name First-team selectors Team
QB Clyde Crabtree AP, UP Florida
HB Warner Mizell AP, UP Georgia Tech
HB Bill Banker AP, UP Tulane
FB Gerald Snyder AP Maryland
E Dale Van Sickel AP, UP Florida
T Frank Speer AP, UP Georgia Tech
G Fred Vaughan AP NC State
C Peter Pund AP, UP Georgia Tech
G Raleigh Drennon AP Georgia Tech
T Jess Tinsley AP LSU
E Dick Abernathy AP Vanderbilt

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Roy Riegels, 84, Who Took Off In Wrong Direction in Rose Bowl", The New York Times, March 28, 1993. Accessed January 28, 2008.
  2. ^ "Southern Grid Title Goes To Yellow Jackets". The Anniston Star. December 9, 1928. p. 12. Retrieved July 24, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ a b https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/conferences/southern/1928.html
  4. ^ "All Southern Selections". The Kingsport Times. December 7, 1928.